Appellation Saint Estephe is reserved for red still wines, located North West ( Blue ) within the Bordeaux wine region as seen in our Bordeaux wine glass.
Saint Estephe appellation is complemented by its roots and close proximity to the estuary providing the vineyards protection from excess weather conditions. Located on the left bank of the Gironde River, the appellation is one of the many famous wine growing regions of Bordeaux and houses some of the most prestigious Chateaux.
Saint Estephe is situated on the northern end of the Medoc Region, sitting on the gravelly western shores of the Gironde Estuary separated from Pauillac only by a stream.
The grape harvest and wine making is assured in the commune of Saint Estephe.
To comply with regulations, the vines have a minimal plantation density of 7,000 vines per hectare producing around 65,000 hectoliters of red still wine and a large proportion of the Estate owners have their vineyards picked by hand.
The soils are clay based which dominates in this area, this results in poorer draining soils delayed ripening and higher acidity levels in the wines. These factors mean that Merlot is becoming the predominate grape as it performs better on clay soils than Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wines from Saint-Estephe are richly coloured, deeply flavoured and are also known for their longevity. With maturity wines acquire stronger fruit flavors and becomes more rounded and elegant, definitely wines that improve with age, and can be kept for some considerable time.
These wines are subject to a minimum ageing until the 1st June following the harvest and then made available for marketing to the consumer from the 1st September following the harvest.